STATE – The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is taking Republican Gov. Chris Christie to task for his record.
In last week’s gubernatorial debate, state Senator Barbara Buono urged Christie to “man up” and stop blaming his predecessors for New Jersey’s problems.
“Chris Christie has a record to run from, not on, but he cannot dodge that record forever,” said Matt Farrauto communications director for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. “Avoiding serious questions and accountability has a limited lifespan as a strategy.”
“Just ask Mitt Romney, with whom Christie has a lot in common. Christie’s leadership has consisted of coddling New Jersey millionaires at the expense of the state’s middle and working class and has led directly to the highest unemployment rate in the region and crippling property tax increases for those that can least afford them. With New Jerseyans suffering from Chris Christie’s back-breaking economic policies every day, we simply cannot afford to wait until 2016 to send him packing, we need to seize the opportunity and retire him Nov. 5.”
Democrats criticized the governor for several issues, saying that they show Christie’s lack of accountability:
- Christie’s last public availability was on Sept. 18, when he hosted a Statehouse news conference for the signing of a bill that expanded corporate tax breaks in New Jersey. And, as PolitickerNJ reported, when questioned about the significance of “the lack” of public availabilities, the governor’s spokesperson responded tersely, suggesting that any story that highlighted his inaccessibility would be “whiny.”
- Despite repeated requests for proof that traffic-snarling lane closures on the George Washington Bridge were not a potentially illegal act of retribution directed toward Bergen County officials that refused to endorse his re-election, Christie and his appointees have still not released any information on the supposed “study” they were conducting. Even multiple requests from sitting state Senator Loretta Weinberg have been simply ignored.
- When Sandy survivors attended legislative hearings on the botched effort to quickly rebuild homes and restore livelihoods, Christie administration officials refused to even attend.
- Christie agreed to only two gubernatorial debates, with the second scheduled on the eve of the special election for U.S. Senate.
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